Learning and the Brain 60: Calming Anxious Brains

Boston, Massachusetts Nov 19 12:00 pm to Nov 21, 2021 3:00 pm - Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Price: more than $250

Calming Anxious Brains: Teaching and Treating Students With Anxiety,Trauma, Depression, and Academic Learning Loss

Educators face a range of mental, psychological, behavioral, and learning issues when schools return this fall from the pandemic's impact on children, their brains, and learning.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from April through October 2020, the proportion of children between the ages of 5-11 visiting an emergency room because of a mental health crisis climbed 24 percent compared to that same time period in 2019. Among 12-17 year-olds, the number increased by 31 percent. A recent study by Harvard University researchers found that about two-thirds (67%) of the children they studied in ages 7-15 between November 2020 and January 2021 had clinically significant symptoms of anxiety and depression, and 67% also had clinically meaningful problem behaviors. That compares to only 30% with anxiety and depression symptoms and 20% with behavioral problems in a pre-pandemic study. A March 2021 report by Horace Mann found that more than half of educators (53%) reported a “significant” loss in students’ academic learning, and another 44% of educators agree there is “some” loss.

This conference will provide new research on the impact of the pandemic on student anxiety, mental health, and learning. Discover strategies to reduce anxiety and depression; reverse learning loss; reengage students; manage disruptive behaviors; improve trust and mental health; help children with ADHD and autism adjust to a new normal; and create calm, caring, connected, and trauma-sensitive schools.

Learning and the Brain 60: Calming Anxious Brains

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

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